By DENISE SEYFER
On Friday, Jan. 24 at 6:15 p.m., a student at Mount Mary University was restrained at gunpoint by Adisa Reed, her ex-boyfriend, for nearly two hours, according to the criminal complaint filed on Jan. 29.
The gun incident details
According to this criminal complaint, the victim entered her room and noticed her laptop open and Reed’s dark coat hanging over the chair. Reed came out of the closet and grabbed her from behind by her arm, wanting to talk to her. However, when she told him he wasn’t supposed to be there, she noticed the butt of a gun sticking out of his pant waistband.
Her ex-boyfriend allegedly restrained her and stopped her from leaving, then pulled out a .380-caliber Bersa handgun. He allegedly held it to his own head then pointed it at her. Afterward, he fled without further incident.
At 9:10 p.m., a residence hall adviser located a public safety officer to report there was a man with a gun on the fourth floor of Caroline Hall, said Paul Leshok, director of campus safety.
She was held in a Caroline Hall office while Milwaukee Police officers searched the dorm, Leshok said.
A detailed history for the police call stated Reed was not in the room. Police commented in the report that Reed was possibly suicidal and armed.
Reed took a phone from the scene. Police utilized the GPS on the phone to track his location.
According to the call history, at 10:36 p.m., the subject was captured at the corner of 95th Street and Sarasota Place in Milwaukee.
A statement by a Milwaukee police officer in the criminal complaint stated the officer recovered the .380-caliber Bersa handgun from the suspect’s waistband along with a clip with .380 rounds from his pocket.
Reed was interviewed by a police detective on Jan. 25, when Reed admitted he went to his ex-girlfriend’s room with the gun. He denied pointing it at her. He stated he hid in the closet because he did not want her to “go off” seeing him in her room. He admitted wanting to talk with her and he wouldn’t leave until she calmed down, the complaint said.
Reed further stated in the complaint that he did take the gun out and told her he would hurt himself before he would hurt her.
The charges in this case
According the the criminal complaint, Adisa Reed is being charged with two counts. Count 1 details Reed’s “use of a dangerous weapon and false imprisonment.” This is a Class H Felony, he may be fined not more than $10,000 or be imprisoned not more than six years, or both if convicted.
Count 2 charges “carrying a concealed weapon.” This is considered a Class A Misdemeanor, where if convicted, he may be fined not more than $10,000, imprisoned not more than nine months, or both.
The university’s safety responses
During the incident, a Rave Alert was sent by Public Safety to all Caroline Hall residents informing them the dorm was in lock-down.
The text message provided by Leshok stated, “Mount Mary University is experiencing an emergency situation on campus. Stay where you are. Lock your door. Stay away from doors and windows until you receive further instructions. Take cover. This is not a test.”
There are concerns in the minds of some students. One student said the school is not being completely forthcoming in regards to the serious incidents on campus and the outcomes.
“People [are] not feeling safe,” said Donielle Yendriga, a sophomore justice major. “They, those in charge, kept us in the dark … That’s why everyone is panicking, because they [school officials] tried to push it aside. It was the second time the school has gone on lock-down in a month.”
However, other students continue to feel safe on campus.
“I am not openly worried about it,” said junior Lauren Kidd, a Mount Mary art therapy major. “Our school is like every other school now. We can wind up on the news.”
Sophia Rappe, an information technology worker at Mount Mary, also feels safe despite the recent crimes on campus.
“I think that campus security took all the right steps,” she said. “I feel it’s generally a very safe campus. My dad Don Rappe, a Mount Mary theology professor, has been teaching for decades here. So I’ve been coming to campus since I was young. I’ve always felt safe and haven’t felt like he was in danger.”